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Austrian Minister Opposes Change in Restitution Law Returning Homes to Nazi Victims

The Austrian Minister of Justice, Dr. Franz Tschedek, today expressed opposition to amendment of the so-called Third Restitution Law, which pertains to the return of apartments and other housing to victims of Nazism who were ousted from them between 1938 and 1945.

The statement was occasioned by agitation for changing the law and by recent court decisions evicting Nazi victims to whom the apartments were restored. Court action was brought by Nazis who were ousted after the liberation under the authority of the Third Restitution Law. Minister Tschedek stated that to change the law at this time would result in confusion because about 75 percent of all claims presented under the measure have already been settled.